Updated December 31, 2022 A.D.
This writing was originally published on February 28, 2013. It was a Friend of Medjugorje’s words about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. A Friend of Medjugorje’s words, now, 10 years later are seen in their full prophetic light. A Friend of Medjugorje told us about the time we were about to enter into. After reading his words, we were even more amazed to read the Church’s readings for the day, today, December 31, 2022:
1 John 2:18-21
“Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of our number; if they had been, they would have remained with us. Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number. But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you not because you do not know the truth but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth.”
What kind of sign is it for us that Pope Benedict dies on the last day of the year, 2022? A Friend of Medjugorje told us back in 2013, what kind of sign it would be… – Medjugorje.com
Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje and Pope Benedict – the Future?
by a Friend of Medjugorje
February 28, 2013 A.D.
It was April 19, 2005.
People began to call Caritas and said the conclave has elected a new pope. It would be announced soon. The whole Community of Caritas gathered around the radio for the exciting news of who would step out on the balcony. The white smoke had risen up, signaling to the world the conclave of Cardinals had chosen a successor of Peter after Pope John Paul II’s death. But though it was announced that the one who would be the man who would step out on the balcony, would take place in “the next few minutes,” it did not happen. Cameras around the world showed the vacant balcony, while across the earth, millions waited. The delay continued even as reports continued to say that it was about to happen.
As the delay strangely continued, we, at Caritas, began to experience a conflict. It was 11:00 a.m.* and the bells had begun ringing to call us to the Field for the prayer of the Rosary. We pray this Rosary at the same time the evening Rosary is being prayed in Medjugorje in anticipation of Our Lady’s daily apparition to the earth. With the bells beginning to ring, we knew we were 40 minutes away from apparition time. Though we had already been listening to the radio for a ½ hour, we began heading to the Field.
Never, since 1988, has the Rosary not been prayed in the Field. Every day, consecutively for 25 years to date, the Rosary has been prayed in the Field on our knees in preparation for Our Lady’s visitation upon the earth. Even for this occasion, we were not going to stop the Rosary, though we dearly wanted to hear on the radio when the new Pontiff was named the moment he stepped out. We were all disappointed over this when the idea came that we would take a pickup truck out to the Field and leave the live radio broadcast playing while we prayed the Rosary, turning it down where we could barely hear it. We began the Rosary. The older kids sat with the four doors opened ready to turn the radio up at the moment the new Pontiff walked out. The first decade – no Pope. The second and third – the same. We were amazed, “Why is this taking so long? They know who it is. Why doesn’t he come forward?”
By now, the news reporters were complaining that it was an unusual delay. Here it was announced he would come out within five minutes and now we were going beyond an hour waiting. The fourth decade was prayed. We began the fifth decade. Why such a delay?
Years ago, we were going to Rome often because of our mission. We had an apartment just across the street from the Vatican. It is the closest living quarters to St. Peters you can get. When you looked out the windows of the apartment, you did not look out over buildings or the Vatican walls. You were looking directly at St. Peters Basilica and the opening to the famous square just next door. In a one minute walk out the apartment door, you could cross the street and pass in front of the building where the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith offices are located.
Sometimes, as we* walked, we would cross paths in St. Peter’s square with Cardinal Ratzinger who at times would walk to his office as head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. We would say hello and he would smile and respond back in English. We casually walk by not wanting to bother him by stopping and talking to him, though we had been told he would talk to those who asked to speak to him. This time was the period of John Paul II’s reign. So who could have known these simple encounters with Ratzinger would mean something much more a couple of years later?
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(*NOTE: “We” actually means, “I” in this case. A Friend of Medjugorje was the one who would pass Cardinal Ratzinger on the street. “We” is a phrase a Friend of Medjugorje often uses in his writings. Most of the time, “we” actually means “I” – but, in order to live Our Lady’s Oct. 6, 1986, message to him through Marija, to “live in humility,” a Friend of Medjugorje gives credit to others when he was the lone person.)
In the Field of Apparitions, on April 19, 2005, we finished the fifth decade of the Rosary and began the Hail Holy Queen. No pope on the balcony – the delay continued. Right on time for the apparition of Our Lady at 11:40 a.m., we finished the prayer and at this exact moment, out steps the new Pope. Pope Benedict! Cardinal Ratzinger!
Some of us could have never imagined in that transition after John Paul’s death that the humble man who we had met on a few occasions crossing the Vatican square, who had been so accessible to anyone who stopped him, would suddenly become the Holy Father for a billion people.
Immediately after Rosary, we called Marija in Italy and talked to her about what happened. She, like us, was in conflict anxiously waiting for the next Pope to step out on the balcony. As we listened in the Field, at the same time praying the Rosary, Marija was praying the Rosary and waiting while watching the empty balcony on an Italian network.
Marija had finished her Rosary and began reciting the Our Fathers, Hail Mary’s and Glory Be’s for the arrival of Our Lady. Just seconds before the moment of the apparition, the broadcast announced the new Pope was stepping out. It was at this moment Our Lady appeared to Marija. The whole world watched as the former Cardinal Ratzinger, now the new Pontiff Pope Benedict XVI, stepped out onto the balcony while Marija watched Our Lady!
Instantly the whole world knew who it was within only a few seconds, while Marija did not know! Marija told us that she went into ecstasy just as the new Pontiff was going to step out. She said she didn’t know who it was until after the apparition! We asked Marija about this timing of the Pope stepping out after more than an hour’s delay, at the same time of the apparition, that this could not, by any chance, not be a sign of God that Pope Benedict was Our Lady’s choice.
Marija continued, yes, it was a sign for her as well. When Marija was asked what did this repeated delay mean when it ended exactly with the moment Our Lady appeared, Marija said something profound. She said it meant, “The Church is safe!”
This was a sign, a big sign for us the way it unfolded – the delay and then at the moment Pope Benedict comes out, Our Lady is appearing upon the earth, signaling to us THE CHURCH IS SAFE.
So now what are we to make of the events of Pope Benedict’s sudden resignation – this eight year period coming to an end of the Church being safe under Benedict’s care? What are we to make of the timing of his announcement, of his stepping down, and that the incredible lightning bolt following his resignation, dramatically striking not only the Vatican, but the Cross on top of St. Peter’s Basilica itself ? It is Our Lady who said:
March 25, 1990
“…God…sends you messages through…nature …”
Why does God send us messages through nature? Our Lady tells us why. Because
March 25, 1990
“…God wants to save you…”
So to save us, Our Lady said, God, therefore:
March 25, 1990
“…sends you messages through men, nature, and so many things…”
In regards to the lightning bolt, can it be said or discounted that it was not that big of a deal? Add to the fact that a second circumstance in the instance was that it was caught perfectly on camera. Was this a double coincidence? Add yet, thirdly, that it occurred after an announcement of the Pope’s resignation and the ensuing of the changing of the guard to a new Pontiff. What does this mean? Three improbable coinciding events lined up together. Is the Church about to undergo a great trial? It was John Paul II who said at the October 8, 2000 Act of Entrustment to Mary Most Holy:
“…Mankind now has instruments of unprecedented power: we can turn this world into a garden, or reduce it to a pile of rubble. We have devised the astounding capacity to intervene in the very wellsprings of life: man can use this power for good, within the bounds of the moral law, or he can succumb to the shortsighted pride of a science which accepts no limits, but tramples on the respect due to every man. Today as never before in the past, mankind stands at a crossroads…”
Indeed we are at a crossroad. Which way will we turn? We have two directions simultaneously pulling at us in our heart. And now, at the crossroad, we must decide for one or the other. To remain within our being two opposing ways is to be in contradiction. We must separate from one or the other – from evil or good. No longer can we remain in both places. John Paul II said of this contradiction:
“…We are then men of an extraordinary time, exhilarating yet full of contradictions…”
Indeed, we are filled with contradictions. Our hearts have both evil and good in them, and we are spending all our energies struggling in battle, feeding both together. It is a contradiction that Our Lady just spoke of and that John Paul II spoke of on October 8, 2000 A.D.
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Our Lady said February 25, 2013:
“…Sin is pulling you towards worldly things and I have come to lead you towards holiness and the things of God, but you are struggling and spending your energies in the battle with the good and the evil that are in you…”
America, especially, has not fully recognized this struggle and battle within us that is a contradiction and we, therefore, try to make the contradictions come into oneness, yet it only further divides our heart. Before he became Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla said to the American Bishops in 1976:
“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation mankind has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel. It is a trial which the Church must take up!”
“We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to be ready to give up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is not longer possible to avert it…How many times has the renewal of the Church been brought about in blood! It will not be different this time.”1
Cardinal Wojtyla (future Pope John Paul II) stated through prayer one could alleviate this tribulation, but it cannot be avoided. That was in 1976.
Amazingly, Medjugorje visionary Mirjana said the same thing in 1982, “that one of the evils that threatened the world, the one contained in the seventh secret, has been averted thanks to prayer and fasting. That is why the Blessed Virgin continues to encourage prayer and fasting.”2
But Our Lady said in regard to the other secrets, that they cannot be avoided. It is too late. They can only be alleviated or mitigated through prayer and fasting just as John Paul II stated when he was a Cardinal: “It is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it.”3
With all these things in mind, no one can discount Pope Benedict’s resignation, the lightning bolt, and it being caught on camera, as mere coincidences. There is no other view for the Christian, that there is a message in these events. The question is, does the lightning bolt suggest that in the near future the Church, nay all Christianity will be struck?
Newsbusters publisher, Brent Bozell, stated on February 13, 2013 AD:
“Instead of reporting the historic news of Pope Benedict’s resignation, ABC World News, Diane Sawyer used the opportunity to bludgeon the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict with every left-wing grievance imaginable. It was disgusting and deeply offensive assault on the Church.”
Most of the media has no use of God except when they can use Him for the agendas they put forth. The newspaper, USA Today, in the February 26, 2013, issue stated of Pope Benedict:
“upon coming Pope…he took the name after St. Benedict who lived in a cave.”
USA Today then added:
“As Pope Benedict prepares to end his papacy, his critics say the challenges he’ll leave to his successor are the result of him living in a cave of his own.”
The Italian media is publishing many assaults, distortions and lies as well.
During ABC’s report on the Pope’s resignation, while interviewing Cardinal Dolan, Diane Sawyer spontaneously tried to put him on the spot by holding up the picture of the Vatican being struck by lightning, asking the Cardinal what he thought of it.
Along with other statements, in what way did Sawyer “bludgeon the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict” by her stealth and ironical use of this picture? She desired to imply that it was God’s anger striking the Church, as evil, because its sins for being against the right to abortion, the right to contraception, the right to abominable marriages, etc., and the Church’s stand against humanist secularism of who suddenly believe in God when it can be conveniently used against the Church as Sawyer did.
While God does purify his Church for its sins and the Church membership must always be aware that we will all one day atone for our sins, we are not to allow leftist secularist to define our purification, such as what Diane Sawyer was doing in suggesting the Church’s stance on moral truths, and being against immorality is the cause of the lightning strike. God struck Israel because of its sins and He purified them. God didn’t change the moral truths to accommodate decadence, rather He purified Israel because of the failure to live moral truth, particularly as defined through the Ten Commandments
Diane Sawyer, strategically, no doubt, and calculatingly showed this picture because the media is a promoter of “secular humanist philosophy.” They make use of events, such as the lightning strike to package their reports and stories in such a way as to imply that the Church is wrong on issues that society see as “human rights” contradicting the truth of Christian principles that it is “human responsibilities” to live moral truth and by natural law. Therefore, they attack the Church for its teachings about sin, decadence, abnormal and abominable behaviors. Sawyer, by holding the picture of the lightning striking the Vatican, displayed her belief that the lightning bolt ‘was’ a sign, a sign that the Church is the villain. Interestingly enough, the lightning bolt is a millionth of a second from hitting and striking the Cross. Look and meditate on the picture. Meditate on the space between the bolt and the Cross.
This is also a message that God sends, related to the statement of Christ in Scripture that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church. As the Cross in the picture is not yet struck, the lightning is at its door. The reason we have Our Lady coming everyday for 31 years is to stop, at the final millionth of a second, the gates of hell opening into the Church. We can say in absolute truth, the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church. What we cannot say is how close the gates of hell will come. Will they be right next to the doors of the Church? So close that the space will be no more than the distance between the tip of the lightning bolt from the cross on top of the Vatican? That miracle of capturing not only the strike, but the space on film at that exact moment before it hits is another sign, a big sign.
Still yet, there is another sign that can be seen in the picture.
Our Lady came to Lourdes at 6:00 a.m. in the morning; Fatima at 12:00 high noon; Medjugorje at 5:40 p.m., just before the night, at 20 minutes to the hour. And now, after 31 years of apparitions, the last 20 minutes of fading light has cast the Church in shadows where there is no more time.
Lourdes – daybreak; Fatima – midday; Medjugorje – evening. Only a millionth of a second in 2000 years of Christianity to prevent the gates of hell from vomiting into the Church. God is sending Our Lady, placing Her in “interposition.” Interposition is the action of placing or coming between; intervention. Our Lady Herself is positioned between the Cross and the lightning bolt, that tiny space to deflect, as the third secret of Fatima foretold in the vision to Lucia.
Lucia saw the mighty angel cries out: Penance, Penance, Penance; and from the tip of his sword was sent a fiery bolt of lightning to the earth, which was deflected upon contact with the splendor of Our Lady. She saves us in that millionth of a second at the last moment. And can we not say that after 2000 years of Christianity, Our Lady of Medjugorje is coming and puts Herself between the gates of hell and the Church to defeat satan through us? After 31 years of apparitions, at 20 minutes to the hour, we have now progressed from the last 20 minutes of the hour to the very end of the hour, with only seconds left, symbolized by the small space of time before the bolt hits the Cross.
The Pope’s resignation earlier in the day and a sign of lightning striking the Vatican in the hour that is known to be the hour of Our Lady’s daily visitation? The lightning bolt happened in the hour She appears upon the earth. Coincidence? Another miraculous sign?
We receive the answer when we look at the Vatican clock just moments before striking at the end of the 5:40 p.m. apparition hour. Just moments before six o’clock strikes, a bolt of lightning strikes, signifying that we are out of time, the enemy, wrapped in darkness, is arriving. Another clear sign. Meditate upon the Vatican clock for a moment, just as the apparition hour closes. All timed by Heaven to speak to us.
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March 25, 1990
“…God…sends ‘you’ messages through man, nature and many other things…”
God has always sent signs at moments when man was in need of warnings to save him. Was the Fatima visionary, Lucia, in 1917 not told that World War I would end soon, but unless man repented from his sin, a larger and greater war would break out? Our Lady promised Lucia a sign.
When you see a great light illuminate the sky, it would be the sign that another great war is imminent.
Indeed Lucia, on January 25, 1938, saw from her window, along with all of Europe, the sky illuminated with waves of light from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. This was reported in secular newspapers around the world. The light was even reported and seen in the United States. Lucia said to a Cardinal that World War II was made against the Jews, because they still are God’s chosen people and satan hates them. Are we being given these signs now because satan’s hatred is about to be spilled out upon God’s children upon Christians around the world? Can we recognize these signs? When you read the following of what Our Lady said, look at the dates. This is being said in real time, our time.
March 18, 2006
“… Only with total interior renunciation will you recognize God’s…signs of the time in which you live. You will be witnesses of these signs and will begin to speak about them…”
April 2, 2006
“… do you not recognize the signs of the times? Do you not speak of them? Come follow me…”
June 2, 2007
“…in this difficult time…do not be afraid… give me your hearts that I may help you to recognize the signs of the time in which you live…”
September 2, 2007
“…in this time of God’s signs, do not be afraid because I am with you…”
January 25, 1993
“… discern the signs of this time. I am with you, and I guide you into a new time…”
May 2, 2009
“…My poor children, look around you and look at the signs of the times…Do not permit darkness to envelop you. From the depth of your heart cry out for my Son. His Name disperses even the greatest darkness. I will be with you, you just call me…”
March 2, 2011
“…My Motherly Heart suffers tremendously as I look at my children who persistently put what is human before what is of God, at my children who, despite everything that surrounds them and despite all the signs that are sent to them, think that they can walk without my Son. They cannot! They are walking to eternal perdition…”
October 2, 2010
“… May your weapon be patience and boundless love – a love that knows to wait and which will make you capable of recognizing God’s signs…”
On April 19, 2005, the newly elected Pope Benedict stepped out on the balcony at 20 minutes to the hour, Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje’s apparition time. Eight years later, on February 11, 2013, Pope’s announcement of resignation, an event that the Church has not seen for 600 years, was accompanied by the following signs. Reflect. Recognize the signs that God is giving in order to save us:
1. The new Pope Benedict steps out on the balcony at exactly apparition time, on April 19, 2005.
2. Eight years after stepping on the balcony, Pope Benedict is the first Pontiff to resign in 600 years and step down.
3. A few hours later, after the resignation, a sign marks the event. The Vatican is struck by the dramatic lightning bolt.
4. Another sign – the lightning bolt was caught on camera. It was not by mere chance or skill or patience in waiting. It was by the will of God.
5. Another sign – at the Cross, one can see a space a millionth of a moment for grace to act.
From the Third Secret of Fatima:
The angel’s voice thunders:
The angel’s sword sends fire to the earth. Heaven’s bolt of fire – a right and just sentence for our sins and our fallen world, a bolt of fire which is deflected by the splendor of She who begot Mercy.
Fatima visionary, Sr. Lucia’s third Secret of Fatima was released by Pope John Paul II, with special directives from Cardinal Ratzinger, stating that we must pay attention to private revelation and not discount them as something with a negative stigma. The vision as written by Sr. Lucia:
“We saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendor that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’. And we saw in an immense light that is God, ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass, in front of it a Bishop dressed in White (‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father.’) Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.”4
6. A sublime ** and extraordinary sign of the time on the Vatican clock in the final moments of the hour, while a frozen image is captured on camera of the brief space and time between the Cross and the lightning bolt in a final micro moment before it hits the Cross. It is telling us, as Our Lady said, “Do not waste time,” “Use this time well,” and “You are not its (time) master.”
Six major events, signs of the times, that cannot be discounted without discounting Our Lady’s own words:
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March 25, 1990
“…God wants to save you and sends you messages through men, nature and so many other things…”
We are in a time of many signs from God, leading up to the great sign. This time, therefore, is a critical moment to act now. After 2000 years of history, time is of the essence. We are in a time as no other in the history of the world. Our Lady says of this unique “time”:
June 25, 1993
“…these times are particular…”
Who guides us in this particular time?
Our Lady said on January 25, 1997:
“…This time is my time…”
Our Lady guides and speaks to us as if there is no more time for us. Our Lady said:
“When you will be in Heaven, you will understand why I am so pressed.”
“I am anxious for people to know what is happening in Medjugorje. Speak about it, so that all will be converted.”
After December 15, 1982
“Hurry to be converted. Do not wait for the great sign…” ***
November 29, 1981
“It is necessary for the world to be saved while there is still time, for it to pray strongly, and for it to have the spirit of faith.”
August 2, 2005
“…Do not wait my children…”
February 2, 2009
“…Do not lose time, children, because you are not its masters…”
April 25, 1983
“Be converted! It will be too late when the sign comes…”
December 25, 2012
“…Jesus…gives you the grace to live in His mercy, but sin has overtaken many of your hearts and you live in darkness. Therefore, my children, do not wait, say ‘no’ to sin and surrender your hearts to my Son…”
May 16, 1987
“… So do not wait for tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. Say ‘yes!’ to Jesus now…”
Many have questioned in their thought, “Is the Pope being forced to resign?”
We do not have to go there with such thoughts. But what we can say is the devil bears down on authority to wear it out, to break who it is that consecrates themselves to Our Lady and to Her Son. The visionaries have said that satan cannot have those who have consecrated themselves to Her, but satan will do everything to make their lives miserable.
Pope Benedict was exactly what the Church needed during the season of time, he stepped out on the balcony at apparition time to now, eight years later when he is stepping down. And both his coming and his going is accompanied by signs to convince us of God’s watchful hand wanting to save us from what is headed our way in the future. As Pope John Paul said, it cannot be averted, only alleviated, referencing, “How many times has the renewal of the Church been brought about in blood! It will not be different this time.”5
The main stream media has bombarded the world with anti-Pope sarcasm through stealth and glib reporting of the facts to make Pope Benedict and the Church a negative factor in the world. “He is too conservative, too orthodox,” etc. They constantly attack Pope Benedict on the Catholic Church teachings, inferring that these doctrines are being “imposed on the herd” by the archaic shepherd touting wrongs against the “rights” for abortion, abominable marriage, etc. The media and the one’s behind the scenes pulling the strings do this in order to divert the sheep, to tempt them to wander off to more “open-minded” beliefs, thereby advancing the liberal humanist secularist agenda. The Pope said of his resignation:
“In today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes…strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”
No, no one forced him to resign. satan wore him out and at age 85. How has he lasted even this long? The rapidity and instantaneous arrival of problem after problem with no relief has come in numbers the Church has never experienced before. How can one make such a judgment?
Past popes have experienced great difficulties for certain, but the tsunami of evils now has accumulated in such a unique way that neither the world nor the Church has never experienced. If you do not think so, why is it in this time God has to send, with way over 12,000 apparitions, the Queen of Peace to the earth? It is not because the world is healthy. She has repeatedly referred to it as this “unpeaceful world,” and referred to the Christian population as there are, “many Christians who live as pagans.” (1984-1985, Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugore)
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She has also stated the rejecting of God, and on and on. No. How can an 85 year old Pontiff hold up to even 1/1,000,000th of the cup of what Jesus had to drink from the cup in the Garden of Gethsemane? As Our Lady was with Jesus in His walk to the Cross, so too God now sends Her to the world full of darkness, to walk with us to the Cross – for Resurrection, a new springtime, a new growth fertilized with the blood of the martyrs. And what of a pontiff dealing with the weight of a Church of 1.1 billion people, carrying crosses and things which we cannot even imagine nor will never know of? To understand the Pope being worn out by the enemy, we must understand this in the context of our own consecrations.
You who are reading this and are consecrated, how much has satan beaten you down? How many trials have you suffered ? How many crosses have you thought would crush you, all these of which satan makes use of? And you are only dealing with yourself, or those you are charged with. Try a family with the weight of 1.1 billion souls on your shoulders and assaults from every direction outside the family, to break you.
At Caritas, we run an international mission, the largest Medjugorje center in the world. It is very wearing and satan never lets up. Going to the Vatican, often one can begin to see behind the scenes, recognizing faces. You see a constant burden of difficulties, a great unrelenting weight on everyone, from the members of the secret service, to the nuns who work there, the priests, and cardinals, all the way up to the pope. It, therefore, is important for you to read Pope Benedict’s exact words of his resignation announced February 11, 2013 in Rome, so as not to fall into conspiracies and be distracted from the real meaning of what is happening. The one conspiracy is the devil himself. Of course, he always conspires. There can be no doubt he wants to remove “God’s German Rottweiler” as Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict was termed in the beginning.
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Yes, satan is conspiring by covert tactics to infiltrate the Church. This is a given intent of satan. But God does not want that and Our Lady is here to warn us. It, therefore, is important to read all of Benedict’s words, and not wander off in needless intrigues. Our position is pray, fast and let God act, and remember the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, though it will be at its door.
The following is the Holy Father’s complete declaration, which he read in Latin:
“I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.”
“Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore His Holy Mother Mary, so that She may assist the Cardinal Fathers with Her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.”
Pope Benedict said, “…with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome…” For those who think conspiracy, that Benedict was forced to do this against his will, this cannot be reconciled with the fact that Pope Benedict would die before he would be forced to make a false declaration of, “with full freedom, I declare…” “I declare” is a declaration stated with intent to dispel all conspiracies that he was forced to resign.
The Holy Father is hated. To be hated is wearying. The Church is hated. satan hates Christ, was and is always planning war against it. satan is logistically better able to make war against the Church, especially in this time, where there is a society which has filled itself with evil. Then from the outside transferred to the inside aided by the greater amount of darkness in the world, it will assault. Darkness has filled its ammunition bunkers to overflowing to equip many souls to do evil’s bidding. It is known that where Christianity is more fully lived, there will be less demonic activity and possession. The less it is lived, greater the amount of demonic activity and possession. The strength of Christianity in the United States was the cause of very few demonic possessions up to a few decades ago. Now, with evil increasing demonic activity and possessions are alarmingly on the increase.
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Yes, the first resignation in 600 years is unnerving to many. But placed in the right context, the signs, recognized as divine instead of coincidence, will help you as Our Lady says “recognize the signs of the times, that God sends which tells us God is close, He is watching.” Our Lady says “I am with you.” Our Lady says “Do not be afraid” and tells us God is near us in a special way in this “particular time.” Our Lady says:
April 25, 2006
“…You do not see God, little children, but if you pray you will feel His nearness…”
December 2, 2007
“…Without faith there is no God’s nearness…”
Our Lady says:
September 25, 1999
“…He (God) has truly never been nearer to you…”
The Holy Father did not quit. He did not give up, no more than Jesus did when He often left the crowds to go to the mountains to pray by Himself. Benedict said:
“…With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.”
The Holy Father, Pope Benedict, will now serve the Church in a greater capacity and the “Church is safe” in his prayers and with Our Lady, and the gates of hell will not prevail over it. But at the same time, it should be clear to all that a great many tribulations that satan threatens us with, and the Church, will certainly be enacted to try to make us think otherwise, that the gates of hell will prevail. It is a given. This temptation to believe this will come to all of us.
But one thing is clear, Our Lady has told us the real secret to experiencing a future, not only for eternity, but while upon the earth. It is singular. It is simple. Our Lady said:
December 25, 2008
“…without Him (Jesus), you have no future…”
It is through our witness convicting the world, even through our persecutions, that we will slam the gates of hell shut. Be ready for anything. Be ready for everything. Be holy. Our greatest comfort is that a merciful God is sending the world the comfort of a mother to hold our hands through and to a future unlike anything the world has seen before. Yet, another sign as this phase of Benedict ends.
This very evening, February 28, 2013 A.D., at twilight, at 5:00 p.m. ****, the Holy Father will step into a helicopter at the apparition hour and fly off to Castel Gandolfo, into retirement for his last days, just as the night begins. Another sign? “…God wants to save you and sends you messages through men, nature and many other things…” Pope Benedict will leave at the beginning of the apparition hour. He will arrive at Castel Gandolfo at 5:15 p.m., setting in about the time Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje, Mother of the Church appears once again upon the earth. The earth is being saved by what happens in this daily hour. Especially today, pray at the moment of apparition, 5:40 p.m. across Europe and 10:40 a.m. CST, February 28, 2013 A.D. that the Church and the world will be safe.
With the truth of Our Lady’s way,
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P.S. To understand much more fully the preceding, They Fired the First Shot must be read. Everyone who follows Our Lady’s messages of Medjugorje must school themselves to be illuminated with what is coming to us in the future. If Baptists, Methodists, and those of other Protestant faiths, Mormons, some among the Amish and even non-believers are spreading this book that is connected intimately to Our Lady’s messages as a must read, how much more must Our Lady’s Medjugorje followers do the same?
A non-believer told us after reading They Fired the First Shot that he is in complete agreement that only Christians should be in public office so to insure that Christian principles will be incorporated into public policies. He understood after reading this book, that as a non-believer he would fare much better as a non-believer in a Christian society rather than in a society pre-dominantly controlled by non-believers. Today one must read the right materials to set out into the future. You cannot intravenously feed yourselves from what the world fills you with and understand which direction to set out upon.
Come to the They Fired the First Shot “New Communities” Conference April 18-20, 2013 A.D. It is open only to those who have read They Fired the First Shot, and connect with others also seeking to set out into the future as you will have read They Fired the First Shot.
Also join with thousands for Five Days of Heaven, July 1-5, 2013 – Five apparitions of Our Lady Queen of Peace:
More important to be than here
July 1-5, 2013
July 4, 2013!
P.S. Required reading: Download Free below:
“When You Decide For Change…Those Closest to You Will Try to Stop You. Why?”
“Surrender Your Problems to Me.”
* Our Lady appears at the same moment of the day, whether regular, standard or Daylight Savings Time. Man changes the hour. The moment of 11:40 a.m. Daylight Savings Time or 10:40 a.m. standard time is the same moment of the day. More clearly, Our Lady’s point in the day is not changed. Man changes the hour. In the summer, during Daylight Savings Time, Our Lady’s apparitions would be at 11:40 a.m. In the winter, during standard time, Our Lady’s apparitions would be at 10:40 a.m.
** Sublime means: outstanding spiritual, intellectual or moral worth; tending to inspire awe; lofty, grand, or exalted in thought.
*** Our Lady foretells of a great sign that will be placed on Apparition Mountain. All six visionaries know what the sign will be and when it will appear. They have said that it will be a beautiful, indestructible, permanent sign and all those who go to Medjugorje will be able to see it.
**** The Holy Father Pope Benedict, in his resignation statement on February 11, 2013, said that his resignation would officially take effect on 8:00 p.m. But after being inspired and seeing all the insights come together in this writing. A Friend of Medjugorje stated a week ago to a few in the Community that he greatly believed that the time of Benedict’s departure would be towards apparition time. Indeed, he foresaw this correctly. It was announced just yesterday that the Holy Father would be departing three hours earlier than planned, entering the hour of Our Lady’s visitation.
1. Stimme des Glaubens, No. 10, October 1981
2. Words From Heaven, by A Friend of Medjugorje
3. Stimme des Glaubens, No. 10, October 1981
4. Vatican documents released June 26, 2000
5. Stimme des Glaubens, No. 10, October 1981
54 thoughts on “Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje and Pope Benedict – the Future?”
Country: United States
Feeling sad because most of the world does not believe, or believes but lives like they don’t.
All we can do is what our Lady tells up. Pray Pray Pray.
City: Lake City
Dear FOM, Thank you for reprinting this talk. I was introduced to Medjugorje in 2014 so this precedes my understanding. I have devoted myself to focusing on the Messages but I have fallen short of my resolutions often. As I enter 2023, your message here rejuvenates my commitment. In spite of many difficulties these past eight years, I now understand that satan does not like my consecration to the The Blessed Virgin Mary. I now no longer waste my time with conspiracy theories but focus more on my own purification. God bless Caritas and the Medjugorje visionaries. Their burden is tremendous and further inspiration to fast, pray incessantly and spread the Messages. Love, Susan
State: New York
This replay of Pope Benedict’s story is beautiful, informative and encouraging. Your words FOM bring me closer to Jesus and Our Lady. The chaos of the world, the constant push of division and hate among people and nations, and many of my family along with people in the world who have lost their Faith — Dear Blessed Mother Thank you for the insight given to FOM and all in the Caritas Community to steer us in continuing to grow our Faith each day! God bless us all. Amen
Pope Benedict was a brilliant theologian and wrote many books, wrote encyclicals and exhortations and he had a great love for Holy Mother Church and gave us the Latin Mass, Motu probio. He dreamed of spending his retirement with his brother Georg, writing books and enjoying the peace and quiet of countryside life. But Pope Saint John Paul II had other plans for him.
Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this important time in history and for the constant reminders of the times that we are in. We are so fortunate FOM that this became your calling. Your work is priceless and your caring for the people of the world is unbelievable- why else would you do what you do? Thank you Blessed Mother for this community and their leader a FOM. I pray to stay strong, committed and to be not of the world. Pray for me and my family please. God Bless!
At Mass today I was reflecting on Pope Benedict XVI’s choice of a name for Pope. In addition to being a man of prayer and solitude, St. Benedict’s intercession has been truly efficacious against the demonic. I got excited about the idea of Pope Benedict XVI being brought into Heaven and the nature of his intercession for each of us and especially the Church from Heaven as a saint!
It is important to pray for the repose of his soul to not take his salvation for granted, but after supporting him in prayer to do our part to ensure he has entered into heaven, I know our family will begin praying for his intercession as a saint and look forward to seeing powerful miracles worked in our lives, especially in regards to the effect of generational/familial sin and the effect of any demonic influence.
Thank you Caritas for such a beautiful glimpse back into history and for the continued message of conversion, hope, and how we can use Our Lady’s messages to win!
Country: United States
Reading all this written about Pope Benedict truly helps to totally understand the part he played in the salvation of the church going forward. All around me are Catholics who have slide overe to the liberal side. It is so hard to keep my mouth shut and to only pray for them to awaken. I know Our Lady wants us to do just that and we can only succeed with fasting to accompany the prayer. It is comforting to know all my family and friends in Heaven are praying for all the liberal Catholics. I am not alone as the devil wants me to believe. He is and always will be a liar! Please God and all of Heaven hold on to us tightly through this battle!!!.
So thankful to read about how the Blessed Mother is watching over us. Thankful that God is still with us and helping us to understand about what is happening.
I pray the Rosary everyday and I believe God will help us right to the end. Thank you Blessed Mother and Jesus and God our Father for loving each and everyone of us unconditionally.
Country: United States
This was great reading … helping me understand more about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI … whom I love …
GOD BLESS YOU
With Benedict’s passing we have gained a mighty advocate in Heaven.
Thank you for your explantation pope Benedicts XVI resignation. I am surprised the poor man lasted so long, being constantly attacked by the devil and persons inside the Vatican. God bless and keep Benedict safe and healthy enough so as to complete his work.
Excellent article! I hope many many people will read this. I pray many will turn to our Blessed Mother, and through Her love for Her Son and Her children, in prayer, we can change the momentum of evil. Christ’s Peace to all.
This article about Pope Benedict should help us understand the times we are in. Mary has asked us to fast, say the Rosary, penance and turn back to God. There have been floods and other things of nature and we just ignore them and do not return back to God and the Blessed Virgin Mary. We will do it tomorrow. We should start today and not put it off. I will do my best to start. I have started reading “They Fired the First Shot,” about the first 200 pages. So much that I have read has been in the media. I thank God & the Blessed Virgin for A Friend of Medjugorje. In 1987 I was divorced and information from Medjugorje has helped me through some rough times. I will include in my prayers for the clergy and religious. God Bless you all and thanks for God’s work you are doing. After reading the article I can see things in a different light. Charlotte
Dear friends at Caritas, I was praying at apparition time. It also happened to be at that moment that the pope was giving his last message as pope.I prayed for the pope, the cardinals and the new pope. And then I selected a random message. This made me shiver!!! Unbelieveable! September 16, 1983 This message was given to Jelena for the Pope: “Pray, pray, pray! Do not be discouraged. Be in peace because God gives you the grace to defeat satan.” “In my messages, I recommend to everyone, and to the Holy Father in particular, to spread the message which I have received from my Son here at Medjugorje. I wish to entrust to the Pope the word with which I came here:’MIR'(peace), which he must spread everywhere. Here is a message which is especially for him: that he bring together the Christian people through his word and his preaching; that he spread, particularly among the young people, the messages which he has received from the Father in his prayer, when God inspires him.”
<- Continued from above -> Our Lady is always with us, guiding us, giving us peace through her messages. I felt as if Our Lady was letting me know she hears our prayers, my prayers! I had just read Our Friend of Medjugorje’s writing on the pope and I was amazed to see the pope speak his last statement as pope, at apparition time. There are no coincidences! With the love of Our Lady, Karen
Very clear messages. Thank you! It is really good to understand what is happening. Where do I get the book They Fired the First Shot? Thanks!
Thank you for this inspiring and insightful writing. God is in control with Mary as His spokesperson, it is an historic time to be alive. I pray that I will be up to the task. “That I might be worthy of the promises of God”
What an incredible time we live in. And what a truely incredible writing….who would ever imagine that God would even send us a prophet.
Just witnessed on TV when the pope said his goodbye at the window of his new place, it was 5:40pm Rome time. He was only on the balcony for 2 minutes and he said his goodbye at exactly 5:40pm! This was really interesting after learning that he started his pontificate at exactly 5:40 PM.
Now, I understand. It is beautiful that you said, ‘The Holy Father did not quit. He did not give up, no more than Jesus did when He often left the crowds to go to the mountains to pray by Himself. Benedict said: “With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.” Our beloved Pope, Benedict, will pray by himself for the Church, for the salvation of the world, just as the good LORD Jesus did as ‘He retired to the mountain to pray’. Like a good disciple, Pope Benedict the Beloved, is just doing what he sees the Master did. Thank you for a very insightful exposition. Let us all cling to the hands of Our Blessed Mother as she leads us to Her Son.
Thank you! I don’t watch much tv so I only receive hear say news. It is good to hear the truth! I have only recently started following Caritas, I plan on becoming a Field Angel in March, I am reading “They Fired the First Shot” now and have read “It Ain’t Gonna Happen”, and I have been listening to your CD’s that I received! Your team has changed my life, I have more insight and I see things more clearly now! I hope to see Caritas in person one day. Thanks again for this article, our Church deserves to have the truth spoken!!! God Bless Patrick
Such insight in this writing, thank you. I have just witnessed history when Our Holiness left the Vatican for the last time as a Pope. It was with tears I witnessed such humility in the step he took and all I thought was “he did all for the Glory of God”! Thank you, Lord!!
This writing articulates what so many of us feel regarding our beloved Pope Benedict and the future of the Holy Church. Medjugorje brings hope to the world and with the help of our Blessed Mother may Our Friend of Medjugorje continue to teach, inspire and encourage us with his writings and books. Thank you and may our Mother continue to bless you.
A MOST WISE TRUE AND WONDERFUL ARTICLE. MAY OUR LADY BLESS THIS WRITER WITH A SPECIAL GRACE. AMEN AND AMEN
Just two things that came to me when I was reading this article and looking at the picture of lightning – 1. I read somewhere that when “the pastor would be struck”, the sheep will be scattered. In this picture, the (pastor pope) the Vatican has been “struck” by lightning. 2. While I was looking at the clock, it came to me that we really are are nearly at the “hour” – of what chastisement? – change ? – war?
I am so very grateful for all the information that I am reading. I thank Almighty God and Our Blessed Mother for all the warnings She is giving us. Through Her many messages and your writings I have become aware of the great danger the world is in. I thank God for HIS Mercy and LOVE. In truth I am without words to express my feelings. Thank you, thank you!!
Wonderful article. I was praying for my children one afternoon because my youngest child was really misbehaving. Shortly afterwards lightning struck our house and knocked four light bulbs out in our living room and our outdoor pool light but we were fine. We felt the electric shock in our fingertips and were left trembling. I was so grateful to God and realized that we were really protected.
Friends of Medjugorje, I am a deaf catholic and don’t know where to begin, but I tell you this one thing. that I have come a long way to say that you have my support for this website 100%, stand behind Holy Mary’s messages 100% even I don’t understand fully but do my best as I can. And also you have helped me along the way. Sadly that I am not able to understand WAVE on the radio. even I could hear some, let alone to rely on closed captioned (cc) that you may have seen on T.V. in homes or other places. So therefore, I am coming to join you in July for Consecration for the first time. Now let us fight for what the republic, not democracy, America stands for in God’s name and for country’s motto “in God We Trust”.
As Jesus and John the Baptist said, “repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand”.
Very well written article….it was long yet very enlightening…You were really guided by our Lady of Medjugorje……since last month I am inspired by the messages of our Lady….and now my life has changed….pray for me too that I will be converted totally to God…..how I wish someday I can visit Medjugorje as pilgrim……..More Power…..
Thank You Mother for being with us now and always! We Love You! We Love You Jesus! Thanks to A Friend of Medjugorje for his enlightening and enlightened writing! GOD BLESS THE CHURCH and God bless us all! Love Glaphyra
AN ARTICLE THAT IS SO WELL WRITTEN, THAT ONE COMES TO KNOW THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT THE POPE, THE REASONS WHY HE GAVE UP THE CHAIR OF ST. PETER, THE REASON OUR LORD HAS SENT HIS DEAR MOTHER TO CALL THE PEOPLE BACK TO THE LORD, BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. OUR LORD CAME DOWN TO EARTH, SUFFERED AND DIED, PAID THE FULL RANSOM FOR OUR SINS, HE WANTS ALL MANKIND TO BE WITH HIM IN HEAVEN, IT IS NOW UP TO MAN TO BE SAVED OR BE DAMNED FOR ALL ETERNITY IN HELL. HAVE A PRAYERFUL WEEKEND. GBU. DAMIEN.
I think Diane Sawyer should seriously start thinking about the moment she comes face to face with her Maker! because the time is approaching for her just as it is for all of us!
As the Holy Father finshed giving his final Apostolic blessing Castelgondolfo, the clock showed 6.40pm local time, the exact time that Our Lady appears to Marija, Ivan and Vicka every day.
Thank you dear Caritas. This insight is invaluable. I pray to see you in July.
Thank you so much for this article, deep in my heart I feel something, and it is some thing that tell me that things are not good for the world, I can sense the spiritual battle we are fighting. I also think that the lightning at the Vatican is a sign, but most of people tell me I am crazy, even at some Catholic Programs tell us not to see it as a sign. I have tried to live my Catholic religion the best I can for the past 6 years, had a very strong conversion, this brought me so close to God and to our Blessed Mother and to Jesus. So, I thank you for this message, because, I was so confused, and have asked God for guidance, I can feel so many evil things in the world, and people see them as the best things for them, it scares me, but again, people think I am crazy. Yes, I defended our Pope several times, as you mention, they think he is out of time, when all he wanted to do was to bring us back to God. Let us continue praying, and be prepared for the out coming facts, May our Lord
Thank you for your writings, I needed to read these wonderful words from Our Lady and Jesus. God bless.
Thank you so very, very much for your dedication to Mary’s directions to her son, Jesus, our saviour with her Mother’s care, devotion and obedience to the Father. Thank heaven!
Many have begun a novena of prayer beginning March 1st for the selection of the next pope: Lord Jesus, Son of the Father,send down Your Spirit over the conclave. Let the Holy Spirit inspire the hearts of the cardinals, that they may choose the man most pleasing to You,as Successor of Peter and Your Vicar on earth. May Mary, Your Mother and Mother of the Church be our Advocate. Amen.
Absolute Truth and Nothing but the Truth. This beautiful article, analysing the present events in the Universal Church is certainly Inspired by God’s Holy Spirit. We shall soon know the Truth and the Truth will set us FREE..Alleluia. Praise God.
I am so pleased that A Friend of Medjugorje can explain the holy “nuts and bolts” of what is taking place. It gives me hope. Though recognizing the profound truth on every page, I was only able to read halfway through They Fired the First Shot…it scared me badly. I’m praying for courage.
I agree that God is sending us signs through nature, the Blessed Mother, and so many untimely losses of life…I pray for all unbelievers especially those within my own family…I pray for those who walk the path of worldly things…I pray that God will fill their minds and hearts with His presence and mercy for when that great, glorious day comes!
I thank the Almighty God for this special favour on me that I am able to receive these messages. i just would like to call upon every Catholic world over to pray and pray for the church and her leaders.
Amazing explanation. Thank you for your incredible insight. I am also thankful that I am witnessing these times.
I am blown away by the profoundness of this writing. I was blessed to be on the Field with the community as Cardinal Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, but I had forgotten many of the details of the day. I am so grateful for the archives at Caritas for reminding me. I watched the news waiting for His Holiness Benedict XVI to make his final public address with anxiety as I needed to leave for an appointment. I was aware of the time, but hadn’t realized it was Apparition time. I am amazed at how “A Friend of Medjugorje” pieces together all of the events and shows me what I am unable to see for myself. Thank you.
Thank you Caritas; for the insight to the truth concerning our great Pope Benedict; even I as a converted pagan,love this Pope;and knew his fight was just beginning,and his love for us as Our Lady Queen of Peace,is on going. The Pope in prayer is a powerful advocate to our salvation;and a great benefit to the next Pontifical movement to defeat satan,and his misfit’s. I believe it was a strong defensive move,made to reflect upon the Body of Christ,and the welfare of the Church’s need in Prayer, to God be the Glory.
I was emotional reading it and my heart full of gratitude to God for His unconditional love for the whole world and for the gift of our Saviour Jesus and our unfailing advocate, our Blessed Mother. We continue to pray for more divine grace and wisdom as nothing is impossible with God.
I really do understand this so much more now, thank you. Also, 11th February 2013 – 155 years since Our Lady first appeared to St Bernadette in Lourdes!! God bless you all xxxxxxxxxxx
Thank you so much for this very inspiring message from Our Lady & Our Blessed Lord. Sometimes things are confusing and scarey, BUT when Our Lady says, “Be Not Afraid”, I feel good because I know she and Our Lord are watching over us. I will continue to pray for Our Lady’s intentions and all of those who do not believe in Her or Our Blessed Lord. Thank you for all that Caritas does too. You give us hope. Blessings, peace and love, Shirley